Douglas, Dave

Greenleaf, 2008CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 14.2

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: This album is based on old black and white films from the early 1900s. The music is an interpretation of what is projected on the screen. Douglas (t) assembles a band with fully improvised keyboard magic from Adam Benjamin, DJ Olive, Gene Lake (d), Brad Jones (b) and Marcus Strickland (sax). “Moonshine” has a funky beat while “Married Life” is more on the slow fusion side highlighted by strange sound effects with crisp brass accents. “Silent Stars” has a psychedelic opening before Douglas bursts into a lengthy solo. It’s Strickland’s turn to lead the melody on “Scopes”. They combine for some rich harmony in between. We don’t remember so much chaos or fury in these early films but perhaps pairing the music with the inspiration would thread the needle for us. In the mean time Keystone is a creative work and we enjoyed the funky fusion and brass especially on “Tough”.


Publicist: Red Cat Publicity